Weather experts have predicted the Capital’s Hogmanay will escape the worst of the winter freeze, sparking a last-minute rush for tickets.
Forecasters expect the temperature to begin rising from tomorrow – after what could be the worst cold snap so far overnight tonight. And while some forecasters have suggested the warmer temperatures will mean a high chance of rain, organisers expect thousands to snap up remaining tickets for the street party celebrations.
Met Office forecaster Robin Steele said: “For Hogmanay it should be milder, a bit breezy and with a chance of rain.”
Preparations for the three-day Hogmanay celebrations are well underway, kicking off with the Torchlight Procession in the city centre tomorrow night.
Around 75,000 revellers are expected to descend on Princes Street and the gardens to bring in 2015.
Police today urged party-goers to wrap up warm, drink responsibly and turn up in plenty of time to enjoy the varied entertainment.
Lily Allen is headlining the main Concert in the Gardens, with support from Soul II Soul and Bjorn Again.
Meanwhile the Waverley Stage will host Scottish bands Twin Atlantic and Twilight Sad, and Edinburgh-based Mercury Music Prize winners Young Fathers.
Pete Irvine, director of Unique Events, which runs Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said the Hot Dub Time Machine - a DJ set which plays hits from throughout the decades - would be a popular addition to the Hogmanay programme.
Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, divisional commander of police in Edinburgh, said he hoped the event would go smoothly as it has in previous years.
Last year, he said there were “just a handful” of arrests despite tens of thousands of people being at the celebrations.
He added: “Look after one another and make an arrangement in advance about how you will meet up again in the event you become separated. Watch your alcohol intake and ensure you plan your journey home ahead of time.”
Organisers are encouraging revellers to buy or pick up their street party tickets today or tomorrow rather than waiting until December 31, to avoid queues at the box office.
The celebrations will continue into New Year’s Day, with hundreds of hardy souls braving the cold at the Loony Dook at South Queensferry.